Hiking The Devils Den State Park
The 15th most popular hiking trail in Arkansas.
Tuesday 19 July 2016 05:15 GMT
Near West Fork, the Devils Den State Park is nestled deep in a picturesque Ozark valley where you can explore caves, crevices and bluff overlooks. The mountain stream forms a peaceful 8-acre lake before cascading over a native stone dam.
The Devils Den State Park has 20 miles of trails. Yellow Horse Trail is an easy 5 mile route. The Red Trail (aka Holt Ridge Trail) is 7 miles and can be steep. The Green Trail (aka Vista Point) is 8 miles, runs some ledges and has a gorgeous view of the whole valley.
To reach the trailhead from US540, use Exit #53. Follow West Fork Highway (SR170) 17 miles to the park.
OTHER TRAIL DESCRIPTIONS:
1) Devils Den Self-Guided Trail (National Recreation Trail)
Length: 1 1/2 miles
Time: 2 - 3 hours
Description: The Devils Den Trail, one of the most popular trails within the park, features two fracture caves: the Devils Den and the Devil s Icebox. Gravity flow springs, peculiar erosional remnants of sandstone strata, wet weather waterfalls, and lush Ozark plant and animal life are just a few of the sights you can expect as you wind through the rugged Boston Mountain terrain. A flashlight is necessary to explore the caves. Extreme caution should be used while walking in the cave area due to open crevasses! Trailheads are located behind the visitor center and by the Highway 170 bridge at Lee Creek. Parking is available at both locations.
Location: 8 miles south of Fayetteville on I-540 (Exit 53) then 18 miles southwest on Hwy. 170, or 7 miles west of I-540 (Exit 45) at Winslow on Hwy. 74
2) Yellow Rock Trail
Length: 3 miles
Time: 2 hours
Description: The highlight of this trail is the view from Yellow Rock Bluff. Its an excellent trail to hike in the fall when the leaves are changing. A component of the National Trails System.
Location: 8 miles south of Fayetteville on I-540 (Exit 53), then 18 miles southwest on Hwy. 170, or 7 miles west of I-540 (Exit 45) at Winslow on Hwy. 74
Overall, Devils Den State Park is the 15th most popular hiking trail of all 18 hikes in Arkansas.